Tips for Clearer Skin – Acne & Otherwise

acne-scar-5While we mostly focus on acne scar products on this site, in this post, we will be discussing general tips for clear and great-looking skin that will help you not only with acne issues but having great looking skin in general.

Tip #1. Get Your Vitamin D

Vitamin D is by far the most important vitamin when it comes to skin health. Vitamin D is a very active compound involved in many bodily processes, but many of us do not get enough Vitamin D due to the amount of time we spend indoors.

Normally, our bodies get Vitamin D from the sunlight, but modern times have led most people to spend most of their time indoors. Improved clothing, while keeping us warm, also limits sunlight exposure for Vitamin D. Taking a Vitamin D supplement as a result is one of the best ways to stock up on this vitamin that is crucial for skin health.

Tip #2. Clean Your Linens

Linens, like bedsheets and pillow cases, quickly build up oils, dead skin cells, and bacteria found on the surface of the skin. It is important to regularly wash sheets and change pillow cases – at least twice per month. It may be best to change a pillow case weekly if you are having breakouts, particularly if you wake up with acne. You can lower the burden of regularly changing your sheets by keeping a few sets of clean sheets in the closet.

Tip #3. Take Fish Oil

Fish Oil, like Vitamin D, is one of the most important nutrients for our bodies but often is lacking due to modernization. Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are in short supply in the standard American diet. Not only did our ancestors eat a lot of fish, but our inland dwelling ancestors ate animals that primarily foraged on grass (as opposed to corn like most meat nowadays). Grass is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, whereas corn is not. As a result, meat from animals that consume grass instead of corn is often several times higher in concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. Since most meat is from corn-fed animals, it is helpful to take a fish oil supplement to help replace this lost fatty acid.

Tip #4. Use a Moisturizer

Despite our best intentions, it is very difficult to keep our skin fully moisturized. Hot showers and regular hygiene practices leave our skin dry, so it is helpful to moisturize to help replenish this lost moisture.. Be sure to apply a moisturizer after any acne treatment, as you would not want the moisturizer to block up the pores and prevent acne treatments from reaching acne bacteria.